The greatest insults in Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was deft with wonderfully worded insults in his works. Here are some of our favourites.
Feminist placards: the language of protest
Banners have a way of bringing together feminists from all walks of life. We’ll look at a handful of these and examine the power of their feminist language.
10 British English phrases
There are some phrases in British English which anyone who didn’t grow up in the UK would struggle to understand. We’ll outline a handful of these and explain their meanings and origins.
The science of swearing
Why do we swear? We’ll outline some of the science behind swearing. Read until the end to find out how cursing could actually be good for you.
Forgotten festive English words we need to use this season
As a gift to our fellow word nerds, we’ve compiled some amazing and little-known festive English words.
New entries in the OED: March 2020
What are the latest entries to the OED in March 2020, and what do they mean? How do words get into the OED?
5 Shakespearean words we should use more often
You might be surprised about how many everyday words and phrases come from Shakespeare. But what about the less common words?
Watch your tone – how to write content that connects
We all know the phrase: “It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it.” How can you connect to your reader on a personal level?
Readability at the UN: why is speech clarity important?
Readability is of great importance when writing speeches and communicating with others. How are the principles of readability used at the UN?
The Fry readability graph
The Fry formula is one of several developed in the 1960s for speed and efficiency. Find out how this graph can help you improve your readability.
The IELTS test
IELTS is a standardised proficiency test. It can be used to reach a global audience. Find out how IELTS is calculated and how you can best use it.
The Powers Sumner Kearl formula
The Powers Sumner Kearl formula was developed in the 1950s by a group of readability experts. Find out how you can use it to improve your writing.